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tubular bell

noun
1.
Often, tubular bells. one of a set of tuned metal tubes of different lengths used as a musical instrument, suspended vertically from a frame and struck with a mallet to produce sounds or melodies.
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British Dictionary definitions for tubular bells

tubular bells

plural noun
1.
(music) an orchestral percussion instrument of 18 chromatically tuned metal tubes suspended vertically and struck near the top
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Encyclopedia Article for tubular bells

series of tuned brass (originally bronze) tubes of graded length, struck with wooden hammers to produce a sound. They first appeared in England in an 1886 performance of Arthur Sullivan's Golden Legend in Coventry. Large tubular bells were at first used as a substitute for church bells in towers. Smaller tubes were later built to be controlled from an organ manual or, in the orchestra, to be played directly by a percussionist.

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